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  • Money to go for recreation

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county’s recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness.

  • National Day of Prayer Observances

    The National Day of Prayer events are scheduled on the first Thursday in May usually at the flag poles of government buildings.

    A group will meet at the Levy County Courthouse at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 6 to circle the flag pole.   Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas.

    If you have any questions, contact Juanita at (352)339-0747, president of Christian Coalition of North Central Florida.

    People in the Williston community will gather Thursday, May 6 at noon at the city pavilion in Heritage Park to observe National Day of Prayer.

     

  • Levy County added to Florida’s State of Emergency

    By executive order, Governor Charlie Crist added 13 counties this morning to the original six included in Florida’s State of Emergency due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

    The coastal counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota join already declared Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf.

  • Yearty sentenced to federal prison

    Third-generation County Commissioner Sammy Yearty was ordered to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years probation and pay $10,300 in fines for soliciting and accepting a part of a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about it. Yearty, who has held office since being appointed in 1978 by then-Gov. Reubin Askew, was sentenced on Monday afternoon in Gainesville by federal District Chief Judge Stephan P.

  • Lady Red Devils win
  • SUV collides with moving train

    An SUV carrying three adults and six children collided with the lead engine of a northbound freight train Sunday in Morriston.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2001 Lincoln Navigator driven by Eugenio Artero, 50, of Williston was traveling west on CR 464-east of US. Hwy. 41 and failed to yield to the train at an activated warning railroad crossing.

    The Navigator was occupied by three adults and six children all from Williston.

  • Gingrich aide gives Levy GOP ‘red-meat’ speech

    Rick Tyler, spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and co-counder of ReAL — Renewing American Leadership, said he felt a little intimidated to be speaking to a group whose last speaker was U.S. Senate Candidate Marco Rubio.

    Tyler spoke to the annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner, hosted by the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, on April 23 in Chiefland. About 80 people attended the dinner.

  • Lady Red Devils advance to region finals

    Although Lady Devil Dayna Hunn blasted a first inning homerun, (her fifth in six

    games), putting the Williston Lady Devils in front 2-1, it was the big five-run bottom of the

    sixth inning that propelled the Lady Devils to an 8-2 win over the Trinity Catholic Lady

    Celtics Friday night April 30 to win the Region Semi-finals.

    The win sends the Lady Devils to the Regional Final game on Tuesday, May 4.

    Lady Devil pitcher Tori Stamper was a big part of the defense as she struck out 15 Lady

    Celtics on the way to the Semi-final win.

  • The Williston Pioneer is off to press

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    Lions Club celebrates anniversary

    SUV hits train

    Return to Rosewood

    GOP hears Gingrich aide

    Lady Red Devils are district champs

  • City tackles late payment issue

    At its first regular meeting with Mark Nussel as president, Williston’s city council took up, directly and thoroughly, the matter of utility bill due dates and late fees and grace periods which had caused a major stir during the billing period that ended on April 10.

    The problem was that, adhering strictly to the statute, those customers who paid their bill on Monday, April 12, were charged late charges and told by city hall staff that, if the late charges were not paid by April 15, services would be cut off.